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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Recession survival

By Joseph Parish

Prior to a countries infrastructure collapsing there is a great likelihood of that nation experiencing a major economic recession. The world today is actually experiencing such an event on a global basis. Riots have been erupting in foreign nations due to economical conditions which are currently taking place. It appears that no country is immune to this crisis. 

The general consensus for dealing with recessions of this nature in the past have usually centered around such activities as family budget changes, cost reduction techniques for family members and the age old coupon clipping process. These actions may offer some minor relief to a financially strapped family but the definitive results are extremely small. In this short article I will attempt to provide you with a few additional techniques to get you through the hard times.

Let’s first discuss your place of residence. It is always good to own your own home and if you currently own yours it is highly suggested that you keep it. Property values have decreased greatly and this is certainly an inopportune time to consider selling. As a recession approaches a nation the banks tend to reduce the mortgage rates to attract clients. Perhaps you may at this point want to give some serious attention to refinancing your home at the lower rate. 

Don’t create new debts; in fact this would be an excellent occasion to eliminate as many debts as you can. Stop using your credit cards to purchase goods and services. You may consider keeping the cards but put them in a draw and reserve their use for dire emergencies. 

If you have kept up with the current trends in the workplace you should know that in these times there is no such thing as job security. The closest you can come to such a situation is to create an environment at work where you appear to be indispensable. Your goal will be to make management think they can not get along without you. Learn new skills to make your value to the company more noticeable and above all, remove the terms, “it’s not my job” from your vocabulary. As an employer I would be seeking out those multi-talented personnel that can provide the most for my organization. Accept added responsibility at work and develop an “I can do” type of attitude.

Always be prepared for the inevitable as lay-offs can and do occur during recessions. Maintain a current resume and always develop a network of contacts. Many open positions in recessive economies are filled merely by work of mouth. Financially, during “feast” times build up an emergency fund for those possible times of “famine”. Make the necessary changes in your current lifestyle now in order to break any costly habits that you may have developed during the good years. Do you really need that second set of shoes? Aren’t four business suits a bit to much for one person? Cut back now and you will be glad if and when you lose your present job.
Remember, activities relating to your job security can change at a moments notice so sit down with your spouse and plan a course of action now and don’t wait for the emergency to happen.

Copyright @2011 Joseph Parish

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Dehydrating Is Fun

I really love dehydrating foods.  It is an easy solution  for storing many things in your long term storage.  Fruits and vegetables don't take up as much room and it is also extremely easy to do.  Folks have been drying foods for centuries.  It doesn't take much equipment and the foods, when dried, can be stored easily and take very little space.  
You can dehydrate most vegetables.  There are of course exceptions to every rule, but generally most will do well when dried. 
   You will need some method of drying your vegetables, something to cut them with and some method of blanching some of your vegetables.  All that means is that you need a dryer, a knife and a big pot of boiling water! 
    People ask what kind of dehydrators they should look for.  Two of the most popular are the Excalibur and the Nesco American Harvester.  The Excalibur is an excellent dehydrator and what I call the "Caddy" (as in Cadillac) of dryers. It is also one of the most expensive ones on the market.  The folks I know who own them wouldn't trade them for the world.  A really nice dehydrator with nine large trays.  The fan is located in the back of the dehydrator and blows air evenly ACROSS the foods.

Nesco/American Harvest FD-80 Square-Shaped Dehydrator    The Nesco American Harvester is a great dehydrator. The cost is less than half of the Excalibur.  It is the one that I own.  I love mine and it does a wonderful job.  It is an expandable dehydrator. What that means is that you can add up to 12 trays or use as few as one.  The fan on the Nesco is at the top of the dryer and blows air down and back up the trays.  It has "vents" in the sides that also help to circulate the air. 
Either of these dehydrators are an excellent choice. The one thing you want in a dryer is to make sure that it has a thermostat.  Some come with timers but in my opinion they are unnecessary. 
   Another dehydrator to consider is a solar dehydrator.  You can buy these already constructed or build one yourself.  There are many plans out there on the internet for building  one yourself.  You may just have things laying around the house that can be turned into a solar dryer.  You could even make a "redneck" dehydrator by using a car in the summertime.  Sounds funny I know, but it can and does work!  Like I said, just do an internet search and you will come up with tons of different ways to make your own dehydrator. 
    As I said earlier, you can dehydrate almost any vegetable and lots of different fruits. Once your garden starts producing ( You do have a garden started right?) you can dry all those vegetables rather than using up your freezer space. 
I'll be doing some more posts on dehydrating in the future.  But if you are looking for more information there are many places on the net.  One of the best is Dehydrate2Store.  Tammy is a dehydrating "guru" and there is much that you can learn from her videos. 
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